Milky Way Lactation is owned and operated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Alice Clark, IBCLC, RLC. She specializes in providing breastfeeding assistance and postpartum doula services in the comfort of your own home or through secure video conferencing. Alice is based in Simi Valley and serves Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley. An additional travel fee will apply to other locations. Convenient appointment times are offered, often same or next day, including evenings and weekends. She is currently seeing both in person and telehealth clients. Please see the COVID-19 tab for more information.
Alice currently accepts most Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare PPO plans. Depending on your insurance plan you may be eligible for between three and six in-home or video conferencing lactation consultations at no cost to you! Please call Alice, or if an Aetna patient check the Aetna provider finder to see if you have coverage under your plan. If your insurance plan is not a currently accepted plan you will need to pay up-front and will be given a superbill to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance companies are required to cover lactation services and provide you with a free breast pump with no copays. Contact your insurance company’s benefit department to find out what services you are eligible for. Lactation services and supplies are also covered by your flexible spending plan.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC) has gone through a rigorous training program and is certificated by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. This is the gold standard for lactation certification and training. If you do not see IBCLC and/or RLC after the person's name they are not a certified lactation consultant. A LE, CLE, or CLC is someone has completed a short, often one week course to become a lactation educator, counselor or specialist. This provides basic breastfeeding knowledge and is a helpful course and first step to becoming an IBCLC, but does not cover the scope of knowledge through education and training necessary for more complex problems.
While not every mother needs the help of an IBCLC if you are struggling with breastfeeding or simply need reassurance an IBCLC can provide the needed assistance. A lot of issues can be resolved in just one visit with free phone support provided after. When you compare the cost of one visit, (which may be reimbursed by your insurance company) it is a no brainer. If the alternative is switching to formula or suffering endlessly it is well worth the investment. Formula can easily cost over $1000 per year, and that is on the low end. Not to mention the additional health benefits to both mother and baby that breastfeeding provides.
Whether you have a complex problem, or simply if you need reassurance and a confidence booster, Alice can help!
A postpartum doula can help facilitate an easy transition into parenthood, or adding a new baby into the family. Doulas can help take care of all the things that go by the wayside when you have a new little one to take care of. Some examples are running errands, giving you a break to rest, helping with bathing and feeding, and picking up the house. Doulas also provide non judgmental education, support, and reassurance to help build confidence in your skills as a parent.